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Erasmus School of Law is recruiting ambitious PhD researcher in the framework of AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety (AI-MAPS), M/F, 1.0 FTE, duration: 4 years, starting preferably in January 2023.
You will be employed at Erasmus School of Law and will be part of the Erasmus Graduate School of Law. You belong also to the Erasmus School of Philosophy community. You will successfully complete your thesis in four years, following a tailormade educational program to acquire the research skills necessary to successfully complete the PhD-thesis. Next to that, you will be part of the ELSA-Lab AI-MAPS, see below.
General PhD project description
Your research project will fit in the research agenda of the interdisciplinary research project AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety (AI-MAPS), which is part of the National Research Agenda (NWA) and implemented by the Dutch Research Council (NWO). The initiators of the project are the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and Climate, the Ministry of Defence, the Ministry of Justice and Security, the Ministry of the Interior and Kingdom Relations, and the Ministry of Education, Culture and Science.
AI for Multi-Agency Public Safety (AI-MAPS) is a so-called ELSA-Lab (Ethical, Legal and Societal Aspects). ELSA-Labs are places where research into technological developments is carried out that incorporates ethical, legal, societal, and economic developments. The research undertaken in AI-MAPS shall support the development of technological innovations that safeguard public values and constitutional rights, respect human rights – and strengthen these where possible – and that can count on public support. The research will therefore encourage the development of an ecosystem of trust. There is a total of four PhD-places available in AI-MAPS which are associated to specific work packages (see links to other positions below). All PhD-places have a strong interdisciplinary orientation and reflect AI-MAPS mission to become a hub for research and practice of trustworthy AI. Therefore, the consortium does not only comprise Erasmus University Rotterdam, Technical University Delft and Leiden University, but also Willem de Koning Academy, the Dutch Police and will collaborate with leading companies in the field of applied AI. Accordingly, the PhD-projects will be co-supervised by professors from the three universities and from different faculties.
Public Safety is vital for the functioning of societies: Without safety, there is no freedom, no happiness, and no prosperity. Public safety matters to all of us and therefore needs to be jointly shaped and maintained by all societal partners. Data generated by multiple agents play an increasingly important role in preventing, preparing for, and mitigating harm or disaster. The development of an ecosystem of trust regarding AI-assisted public safety promotion is central to this ELSA Lab. In a variety of use cases, benefits and safeguards are analyzed against the private-public-machine agency backdrop. The PhD-projects shall connect to the use cases and work in a team on societal sustainable solutions about trustworthy AI.
Position III. Empirical-Ethical Aspects of AI applications in Multi-Agency Public Safety issues
How to use AI to address public safety challenges in a way that is responsible and responsive rather than disruptive? This position takes an iterative approach to ethical concerns that emerge in relation to use of AI in three case studies (public nuisance in neighborhoods, high impact crime, management of crowds during events). Adopting the ELSA approach, ethical analysis will be based on (a) proximity to social practice, (b) interaction with stakeholders and (c) epistemic inclusion (sensitivity to multiple forms of knowledge and experience) and will be guided by conceptual frameworks. The PhD plays an active role in a series of participatory workshops with local stakeholders, including municipal representatives, local authorities, private partners, civilians, and representatives from vulnerable and marginalized communities. We will rely on in-depth semi-structured interviews, focus groups and the world café method to account for rooted ethical concerns stemming from human-centered AI. An important challenge of epistemic inclusion is how to reconcile various forms of (academic and non-academic) knowledge and experience. A starting point of epistemic inclusiveness is the concept of ubiquitous expertise. Rather than disavowing the importance of scientific expertise, the concept of ubiquitous knowledge claims that also for scientific experts, mutual learning is a more enriching experience than mere popularisation or implementation of research, whilst societal participants learn more from active dialogue than from more passive forms of public involvement. The research will consist of three steps: (a) analysis of the tensions, challenges and ambiguities involved, (b), normative assessment, (c) development of pathways for responsible use of AI.
The position is affiliate to the Erasmus School of Philosophy and to the eLaw Center for Law and Digital Technologies of the Leiden Law School.
Current master students, who will finish their master before the intended start date, are welcome to apply. Bear in mind that proof of a master’s degree is a formal requirement for employment.
The positions are for 4 years, starting between January-March 2023. The PhD researchers will be part of the Erasmus Graduate School of Law. The position starts with a temporary employment contract for 18 months. This probationary period consists of an educational programme and individual research and entails an evaluation of the progress of the research after one year. In case of a positive evaluation, the contract will be extended. In the remaining 30-month period PhD researchers focus on their research and the completion of their thesis. In both phases structured guidance is provided by the thesis supervisors and a doctorate committee composed of senior researchers and one of the PhD coordinators of Erasmus Graduate School of Law.
We offer an attractive position with good terms of employment in accordance with the Collective Labour Agreement of Dutch Universities (CAO NU).
The monthly salary is € 2,541 gross for a fulltime position of 38 hours a week during the first year (CAO NU scale doctoral candidate), which will increase annually up to € 3,247 gross per month in the fourth year.
The attractive benefits package includes an end of year bonus of 8.3%, holiday allowance of 8%, extensive leave facilities for a healthy work/life balance, a good pension fund and an excellent collective insurance package. Staff are also entitled to use various facilities, such as sport facilities and library.
Since April 2018, Erasmus University Rotterdam has offered a Dual Career Programme to partners and spouses of new international employees. This programme is executed in close cooperation with Leiden University and TU Delft and aims to help partners and spouses find a job on the Dutch labour market. See www.eur.nl/en/working/international-staff-eur/family/work-partners.
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR) is an internationally oriented university with a strong social orientation in its education and research, as expressed in our mission ‘Creating positive societal impact’. EUR is home to 3.700 academics and professionals and almost 33.000 students from more than 140 countries. Everything we do, we do under the credo The Erasmian Way – Making Minds Matter. We’re global citizens, connecting, entrepreneurial, open-minded, and socially involved. These Erasmian Values function as our internal compass and create EUR’s distinctive and recognizable profile. From these values, with a broad perspective and with an eye for diversity, different backgrounds and opinions, our employees work closely together to solve societal challenges from the dynamic and cosmopolitan city of Rotterdam. Thanks to the high quality and positive societal impact of our research and education, EUR can compete with the top European universities. www.eur.nl.
Erasmus School of Law has over 5000 students and approximately 500 staff members. Erasmus School of Law offers Bachelor's degrees in Law, Tax Law and Criminology, with the emphasis on active academic learning. For students who want more, there is the mr.drs. program, the double study of law and economics. After the master's degree Erasmus School of Law provides postgraduate education (in cooperation with Erasmus Academy and others).
Erasmus University Rotterdam (EUR)
Burgemeester Oudlaan 50, 3062 PA, Rotterdam
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